Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is looking to procure a planning and development professional services panel to offer additional technical support and be a consistent resource to Council’s in-house team. QLDC recently released a request for proposal (RFP) for a panel to support Council with resource consents, building consents, resource management engineering and planning policy.
QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen said the panel will help deliver a high volume of work and achieve the objectives established in the QLDC 2018-2028 Ten Year Plan.
“As our district is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand, we deal with a large number of resource consents, building consents and other approvals to match demand,” said Theelan.
QLDC noted it is experiencing some of the highest numbers of resource consent and building consent applications in NZ, outstripping many of country’s major cities, not including Auckland. About 1400 resource consent and around 1900 building consent applications have been received per annum during the last few years.
Once appointed, the panel members will be ‘preferred suppliers’ for the delivery of professional services said Tony Avery, QLDC general manager of planning and development.
“We are seeking to appoint two resource types to the panel: those of specialist and on-going support,” said Avery. “The on-going support will supplement the in-house team for work, including consent processing and reports. The specialist support will provide additional technical expertise, which we currently outsource periodically. This includes landscape, noise and geotech assessments.”
Avery continued, “We aim to appoint based on the best fit for each discipline and relevant expertise as well as their understanding of and commitment to the district.”
The RFP is open for applications until October 9 through www.gets.govt.nz.